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Peter Brandenhoff is on faculty at Ballet Arts and The Ailey School, where he teaches the technique of 19th-century Danish choreographer August Bournonville. Here, he teaches the Bournonville grand jeté, a signature step in the style.

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Talli Jackson is a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the recipient of a Princess Grace Award. Here, he teaches a contemporary side hip suspension, a basic partnering lift that requires efficient distribution of weight.

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Maguette Camara was raised in Dakar, Senegal, where he studied West African dance and drumming with Ballet Bougarabou Dance Company. Now, he lives in New York City, where he's on faculty at The Ailey School, The Ailey Extension, Barnard College and Djonibo Dance Centre at Peridance Capezio Centre. Here, he teaches a Kuku combination, which is danced to acknowledge community members' accomplishments.

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Sara Knight is a graduate of both The Royal Ballet School and the Vaganova Ballet Academy, and she founded SLK Ballet School in New York City in 2009. Here, teaches entrelacé—known as "grand jeté en tournant en arrière" to Cecchetti students.

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On a chilly Friday morning in a New York City studio, a group of students are making themselves fall, over and over again. This isn't an exercise in futility—it's Roxane D'Orléans Juste's class in Limón technique, and the dancers are venturing off center in a classic fall-and-recovery combination. As they swing their legs out and up and let gravity do its work, only to rebound against the floor and launch themselves back to an upright position, they attempt a moment of suspension. This signature principle of fall-and-recovery proves to be one of the more challenging concepts for students to grasp. "The idea of suspension is not necessarily natural," Juste says, with a lilting accent that reveals her Montreal origins. "How do you teach suspension?"

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Tammi Shamblin works magic with the boys of Ballet Tech in New York City. Here, she uses imagery to teach rond de jambe.

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Katharine Pettit teaches tap at Peridance Capezio Center in New York City, where she focuses on fundamentals in all of her classes. In this video, she explains the weight shift necessary for a five-count riff.

Wes Veldink teaches contemporary classes focused on specificity at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Here, he explains a hinge and roll combination on the floor, using core strength rather than hands.

 

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